Here’s the thing: Ian kind of needs to put the brakes on a little bit. You can’t just take someone like Mickey and fling him into the deep end of your preferred lifestyle (by which I don’t mean “gay” in general, but the openly, celebratory gay that Ian has fully embraced but which is still daunting to a kid whose father engineered a rape at the hands of a Russian prostitute to “cure him”) all willy-nilly. God bless him, Mickey’s trying. It’s in this willingness to go along with relatively minor reluctance more than anything else that shows me just how much Mickey’s changed in the last couple of seasons. He’s trying so damn hard because he loves Ian so damn much, and I would like Ian to recognize this and give him a bit of a break. Let him breathe for a minute. While it worries me for their relationship, this blithe initiation doesn’t seem to be out of line for Ian’s character; he’s still young, and I’ve known enough Out and Proud kids/young adults who get frustrated with their less “aggressively proud” peers, the fact that Ian isn’t recognizing this effort as more than his due feels very real to me.
I’m interested to see how this relationship shakes out, which I couldn’t say before this season, so bravo to the writers and to Cameron & Noel for making me give a damn.